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    Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by nkomo on Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:14 pm

    Picked this uniform up this past weekend. This uniform comes with shirt, pants, maroon beret, cap, and pocket hanger. Can anyone identify the pocket hanger? These uniforms, I thought, were used by Bulgarian military advisors. Where this one was used...God only knows.




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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by Camo_fiend on Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:38 pm

    God I love this uniform!

    "БA" is most likely an abbreviation for Bulgarian Army, similar to the "CA" Soviet Army items of the Communist era. "Свързочен Полк" translates to signal regiment.

    A very rare set, nice find Arch!


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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by nkomo on Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:36 pm

    Thanks for the compliment and information, Camo! NOW....time to figure out the exact unit and if they were ever deployed overseas. From what I understand, this was a desert type pattern worn by military advisors in desert enironments. I know the Bulgarians had a small contingent of soldiers deployed to Angola as a monitioring force with the UN. Could it be from there? Would this pattern have been used in the former Yugoslavia while they were deployed there? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:12 pm

    Question... how did you get ANOTHER advisor's set? Bugger Smile

    Can you read the numbers on the pocket hanger that are just below the drawing of Bulgaria? If it is "95" then perhaps that is a date? I'll see if I can get someone to translate the two words at the bottom.

    I doubt this was used in the former Yugoslavia. As far as I know they used standard issue uniforms there. At least I know for sure both the Splinter and recent green woodlandy uniform were both used regularly there.

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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by Camo_fiend on Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:59 pm

    I'm totally clueless as to when/where/why the Bulgarians had "advisors" in Angola. Laughing

    Whatever the reason, there's definitely some good history behind this set!


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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by nkomo on Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:03 pm

    CollectinSteve wrote:Question... how did you get ANOTHER advisor's set? Bugger Smile

    Can you read the numbers on the pocket hanger that are just below the drawing of Bulgaria? If it is "95" then perhaps that is a date? I'll see if I can get someone to translate the two words at the bottom.

    I doubt this was used in the former Yugoslavia. As far as I know they used standard issue uniforms there. At least I know for sure both the Splinter and recent green woodlandy uniform were both used regularly there.

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    Yes, there is a 95 underneath the country. There are also what appear to be three stylized X'x intertwined above the country as well.


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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by CollectinSteve on Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:43 pm

    Hi Arch,

    The words along the bottom of the badge are "Signals Regiment". I would assume the "95" represents the Regiment Number. I checked quickly to confirm this but did not find detailed enough info. However, the regimental number of "95" seems consistent with Bulgarian numbering systems in the 1980s through current times.

    The likely commander of this Regiment at the time was Atanas Dimitrov Zaprianov. Here's his profile:

    http://www.nato.int/cps/en/SID-2CE29F68-345AAA31/natolive/who_is_who_49722.htm

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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:49 am

    The guy I checked with just sent me some additional information that is interesting, though I can't verify it myself:

    It is a Uniform worn by students during their Military Training in the 80's . During Communist Era all students went through different military training. After school every man went to obligatory Military Service. At this period the service was 3 years !

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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:55 am

    Not doubting your source, but I have always heard these sets were made for soldiers/adviosrs sent to desert environments (Africa, Middle East, etc). I had this verified by a Bulgarian advisor who was assigned to Mozambique in the late 1980's.


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    Post by panzerwerk on Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:07 am

    Man I hate you Arch ............. Laughing
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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:58 pm

    Arch,

    My source could be wrong or both of our sources could be correct. Since the missions of advisors to Africa were probably small and there were no desert uniforms, this uniform makes sense to wear. It certainly would make some sense for such a small group to use an existing uniform rather than have something specially made for them.

    Either way, I'm sure that advisors wore this uniform. Way too many reliable collector sources say the same thing.

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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by drmatz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:29 pm

    Another Lizard variation, this is from around late 90's





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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:03 pm

    As I just mentioned in your other thread, as far as I know there's no evidence that Bulgarian military used this uniform in any sort of official capacity. For sure some commercial items were made in this pattern, but of course that doesn't mean all of it is. Hopefully we can get something definitive on this stuff.

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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by Camo_fiend on Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:49 pm

    The set Danilo posted looks a lot like the Greek lizard pattern. Interesting.


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    Re: Bulgarian Lizard Pattern Uniform - Unknown Pocket Hanger

    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:40 pm

    It's definitely Bulgarian. The only issue is if it's pure commercial or if it has some link to the Bulgarian military.

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